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Are my birds extra ignorant?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by ChembearChic, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. ChembearChic

    ChembearChic New Egg

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    I keep reading how well everybody's birds (ducks, chicks and guinea fowl) all drink easily from a nipple watering system. As far as I can tell none of my chickens nor my guineas drink from the one my husband made for them. I wonder if it's because the 5-gallon bucket is orange? Can chickens see color? Not enough contrast between the red nipples and the orange bucket? What can I do?

    My chickens are 13 weeks old and my guineas are almost 6 weeks.
    Cindy
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Chickens can see color. But, you have to show them water comes from the nipples at first. Take away their other water for a while, then show them were the water comes from and they will get it.
     
  3. ChembearChic

    ChembearChic New Egg

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    I have shown them where the water is, I make the nipples drip and they peck at the ground and then the water drips on their heads. Never do the look up to see where the water is coming from. Maybe they are drinking when I'm not looking. I'll have to spend time with them tomorrow and see if they are sneaking water when I'm not looking. :) I thought it was maybe because of the color of the bucket.

    thanks,
    Cindy
     

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